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Long Beach and other cities have reached an agreement with German-base multinational pharmaceutical giant Bayer in a class-action settlement that alleged Bayer subsidiary Monsanto polluted the waterways with PCB, a chemical used in many of their products, including RoundUp.

Driving the news:

Bayer will pay a total of $550 million, divided between the 2,500 class-action members, of which Long Beach would be receiving $7.5 million. The City says that since Long Beach examined its local water quality and put in 'additional resources' in the lawsuit, the City could receive additional compensation.


Under the settlement deal, three funds will be made to compensate the three main identified harms:

  • $42.8 million for the need to monitor PCBs in stormwater

  • $250 million for the need to comply with the Clean Water Act's National Pollutant Discharge and Elimination System; and

  • $150 million for sediment restoration.

Why it matters:

The lawsuit stems from allegations that Monsanto polluted waterways in Los Angeles County with a chemical called polychlorinated biphenyls or PCB. This toxic chemical does not break down effortlessly and has been used in paint, ink, paper, fireproofing products, hydraulic fluids, and industrial equipment since 1979, per France 24.

  • "Due to their persistence in the environment, PCBs continue to contaminate stormwater and, if they make it to the ocean, also contaminate coastal sediments. PCBs can cause a wide range of health issues," pre a press release by the City of Long Beach.

What they're saying:

  • Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia: "Monsanto needs to be held accountable for their immense damage to the environment and our communities. I'm proud that we led on this lawsuit and took Monsanto to court in spite of their deep pockets. We stood our ground and are going to benefit greatly from this settlement."

  • "This is a great result for the City of Long Beach. This order allows this case to move on to completion of class settlement approval and distribution of up to $550 million to help Long Beach and other governmental entities monitor and remove PCBs from stormwater and remediate contaminated sediments," stated Assistant City Attorney Dawn McIntosh.


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LBPD responded to a burglary at an abandoned Downtown Long Beach bar Thursday morning, per the LB Post.


Few details:

Police responded at roughly 10:44 a.m. to the former site of the Federal Bar, which shut down due to the pandemic's economic fallout, over calls that someone allegedly broke into the building.


  • Police established a perimeter, and one person is in detention, but no arrests have been made, according to LBPD spokesperson Brandon Fahey.

  • At least ten police cars were at the scene, and a K-9 was utilized in the intervisitation.

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An Anaheim man is under arrest on murder charges after fatally shooting a Signal Hill resident near Long Beach's Poly High School, per multiple reports.


Details:

According to police, on Feb. 2, Nashon Wall, a 31- year-old Signal Hill resident, was sitting in his car when at roughly 6:30 p.m., multiple suspects approached his vehicle. During the interaction, one of the suspects fired a gun into Wall's car, striking him and later killing him.

  • The shooting occurred on the 700 block of East Esther Street. Police found Wall in his car, suffering from a gunshot wound, and he would later die at a nearby hospital.

  • The suspects fled from the scene, and even after police chased them to an apartment complex, they didn't find them.

The accused:

Police later identified 20-year-old Saeed Wheeler as one of the suspects and been was taken into custody by LA County Sheriffs on Mar. 9 on unrelated charges.

  • Wheeler is being held on a $3.1 million bail and is expected to appear in Long Beach Superior Court tomorrow.

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